MVEC are excited to invite you to our annual CVU on Friday 28th October. This face-to-face event provides the opportunity for healthcare professionals to come together to hear from leading experts on the latest developments and trends in immunisation. The full-day conference will include keynote sessions and interactive breakouts, as well as the opportunity to connect and network with peers.

Event details

Date: Friday 28th October 2022
Time (AEDT): 9:00am – 4:15pm (registration from 8:15am) – Please allow sufficient travelling time if you are unsure of directions to the venue
Venue: Glyn Davis Building (School of Design), Basement 1, University of Melbourne, Masson Road, Parkville 3010
Directions: Driving – nearest Greenco Parking (215 Elgin St, Carlton 3053) / Public transport – trams 1, 16, 5, 6, 67: alight at Tram stop #1 – Melbourne University/Swanston St / By foot – from Tram stop #1 to Glyn Davis building on Masson Road: continue walking North along Swanston St until arriving on Masson Rd pedestrian path on the left (just before Ian Potter Museum of Art). Walk ~100m and the Glyn Davis Building is on the right.

Register now

Registration fee: from AUD $150.00 per person (early bird offer is now closed)

Dietary requirements: please advise of any dietary requirements when registering

Following the event, we will email you a link to complete a short evaluation survey, and a copy of your attendance certificate for professional development requirements.

Hosts

Rachael McGuire
BNurs
Education Nurse Coordinator, MVEC

Rachael is an accredited Nurse Immuniser and experienced paediatric Registered Nurse. She has a strong interest in the immunisation of special risk groups, including those with immunosuppression, as well as vaccine safety. She is passionate about immunisation education and is currently working towards a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education.

Francesca Machingaifa
BNurs (Hons), PGDipN (Paediatrics), GradCertClinEd
Education Nurse Coordinator, MVEC

Francesca is an accredited Nurse Immuniser and experienced paediatric Registered Nurse. She has been working with SAEFVIC (MCRI) as a Research Nurse since 2018 and holds the position of a Nurse Immuniser with a local council. Francesca also works in a private paediatric travel clinic and is passionate about immunisation research, education and surveillance.

Presenters

A/Prof Margie Danchin
Consultant Paediatrician, The Royal Children’s Hospital

A/Prof Margie Danchin is a consultant paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and leader of the Vaccine Uptake Group, at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on vaccine confidence, risk communication and uptake, particularly amongst high-risk groups, in Australia and globally. In Australia, she is the recent chair of the Collaboration on Social Science in Immunisation (COSSI) Group, chair of the Social Science Advisory Board and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee, NCIRS and is an expert advisor to ATAGI. She is Deputy Chair, Australian Regional Immunisation Alliance (ARIA) and works closely with DFAT to provide technical immunisation support for the region.

Prof Julie Leask
Adjunct Professor, Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine and Health

Julie Leask is a social scientist specialising in immunisation and professor in the Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney. She leads a small team of researchers who focus on what people think, feel and do about immunisation and risk communication. Julie is a member of the Sydney Institute for Infectious Diseases and visiting professorial fellow at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance. She currently holds an NHMRC Investigator Leadership Fellowship. She was chair of the WHO Behavioural and Social Drivers of Vaccination working group 2018-2022 and overall winner of the Australian Financial Review 100 Woman of Influence in 2019.

Dr Jessica Stokes-Parish
Intensive Care Nurse & Educator, Assistant Professor Medicine Bond University

Jessica is a practicing intensive care nurse and educator, who holds a PhD in Medicine from the University of Newcastle. In addition to 13+ years of bedside nursing, her areas of work include health professions workforce development, including policy, education and science communication. She loves nursing and all that it has brought her, so she’ll talk about that any chance she can get!

Selba
Senior Epidemiologist, Peter Doherty Institute

A/Prof Sheena Sullivan holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Sheena was appointed in 2011 as the inaugural epidemiologist for the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza. She works with sentinel surveillance programs in Australia to estimate vaccine effectiveness and safety, and to understand the validity of the methods used to conduct these studies. She also works closely with national and regional partners including the WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US to improve influenza surveillance. She holds adjunct appointments at the University of Melbourne and the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also a proxy member of the National Influenza Surveillance Committee.

A/Prof Nigel Crawford
Director, SAEFVIC/ MVEC, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute 

Nigel is a consultant general paediatrician and Head of the Immunisation service at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. He completed a Masters of Public Health at Cardiff University (2006) and vaccinology PhD at the University of Melbourne (2011). He is also Director of SAEFVIC, the Victorian vaccine safety service, based at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and helped establish the Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC). Nigel is an Associate Professor at the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne and his research interests include vaccine safety, immunisation of special risk groups and emerging infections, particularly those that may soon be vaccine preventable. He has been a member of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) since 2014; became Chair in 2021.

A/Prof Benjamin Teh
Infectious Diseases Physician, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre 

A/Prof Benjamin Teh is an infectious diseases physician and clinical researcher at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the National Centre for Infections in Cancer. His research interests encompass translational immune profiling, clinical studies of infection risks with new cancer therapies and vaccination in cancer patients.

Dr Andrew Mahony
Infectious Diseases Physician, Bendigo Health, Echuca Regional Health, Swan Hill District Health, Austin Health

Dr Andrew Mahony is Infectious Diseases Physician at Bendigo Health, Echuca Regional Health, Swan Hill District Health and (when time permits) Austin Health. He is also the medical lead for the Loddon-Mallee Public Health Unit. Andrew has specific interests in HIV medicine, viral hepatitis, vaccine-preventable infectious diseases, and antimicrobial stewardship. His main new interest is his black German Shepherd 18-month-old puppy Ollie, whose immunisations are very much up to date.

Ms Philippa Holland
Immunisation Coordinator, City of Melbourne

Ms Philippa Holland is the Immunisation Coordinator for the City of Melbourne Council. Philippa has a keen interest in catch-up immunisation’s for migrant children and exploring the barriers of the current system. Through partnership with the MCRI we were awarded a grant from the GSK Immunisation Award’s 2020: to co-design the “Migration Immunisation Access (MIA) Project: determining the extent and impact of migrant children’s vaccination ‘catch-up’ schedules”.  Part findings of this project have been successfully published. She is also a tutor at the Australian College of Nursing where she helps mentor nurses and pharmacists to become authorised nurse immunisers across all states across Australia.

Dr Naomi Brockenshire
Lecturer in Nursing, University of Melbourne

Dr Naomi Brockenshire is a Lecturer in Nursing at the University of Melbourne teaching in the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice, Master of Nursing Science, and Specialist Mental Health Nursing programs. Naomi also holds an Honorary appointment with the Nursing Research Department at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. Naomi completed her PhD in 2019, an ethnographic exploration of the Clown Doctors at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. She is currently working on several research projects including graduate and nurse wellbeing; a service evaluation of the Nursing and Midwifery Health Program; the benefits and burdens of clinical placement for nursing students; and the work of clown doctors within a tertiary paediatric hospital.

Julia Brotherton?
Infectious Diseases Physician, Bendigo Health

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Group Leader, Health Informatics, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

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A/Prof Sheena Sullivan
Senior Epidemiologist, Peter Doherty Institute

A/Prof Sheena Sullivan holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Sheena was appointed in 2011 as the inaugural epidemiologist for the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza. She works with sentinel surveillance programs in Australia to estimate vaccine effectiveness and safety, and to understand the validity of the methods used to conduct these studies. She also works closely with national and regional partners including the WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US to improve influenza surveillance. She holds adjunct appointments at the University of Melbourne and the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also a proxy member of the National Influenza Surveillance Committee.

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Infectious Diseases Physician, Bendigo Health

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Infectious Diseases Physician, Bendigo Health

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